The Pilgrims Way to Santiago running between the municipality of Vilalba can be divided into two stretches 20 kilometres each, meaning that the visitor can enjoy both sport and the cultural wealth and landscape of these lands.
Abadín – Vilalba stretch (20.2 kilometres)
El Abadín is the first of the rivers which can be found along the way, where the first bridge is crossed. The route leads directly to the old bridge at Martiñán, which is crossed to get to the other bank of the Batán river. The walkway is the outstanding feature of this architectural piece, lined with a granite stone wall in the form of blocks fitted into the bridge platform, making this a unique work difficult to find in other parts of Galicia.
The route runs straight ahead in a straight line, near and parallel to the N-634 road, crossing it on several occasions. A particular point of interest is the church at Goiriz, built in the XVI century and reformed in the XVIII century. In the past it was used as a shelter from the law for offenders, as they could not be detained by the authorities once inside, even if afterwards they were put on trial and imprisoned. Inside there is a baroque altarpiece and outside a neo-gothic cemetery built by the stonemasons of the neighbouring parish, Román.
Heading towards Vilalba, at the turning to the industrial park, there is a pilgrims´ shelter around two kilometres from the town centre. Here the Vilalba stretch of the Pilgrims´ Way to Santiago ends.
Vilalba – Baamonde stretch (21 kilometres)
The journey begins with a tour of the streets of Vilaba, where the defensive tower of the Counts of Andrade and the church of Santa María are the reference points of the town.
Muíño do Rañego
The historic centre is presided over by the Puerta de la Cima, which takes its name from one of the entrances in the walls surrounding the town centre at the time when it was under the lordship of the Monyenegro and Andrade families. If you go down Calle del Sol you can see old houses with typical town facades, such as the old casino, which today has been converted into a mesón (tavern).
The exit from the town is via the streets Concepción Arenal and Ferreira, heading towards the Madalena river, before going downhill towards Baamonde. Visiting the bridges and mills of the area is highly recommended. It is worth stopping off in Alba at the church and cemetery, which are examples of the neo Gothic style. From here, the national road becomes a reference point, as it has to be crossed several times to get to Ferreira.
Once you pass the centre, some stretches are covered by the N-634 road, which alternates with other paths until getting to Baamonde, where the last stage of the journey takes place. It is possible to spend the night here in a hostel designed for this purpose
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